Jonathan Burckel is 34 years old. He is industrial and social psychologist. But in Bishkek he works as an English teacher in a talking club.
He came to
Jonathan Burckel shared his thoughts on the life of a foreigner in the capital of
— What surprises you in Bishkek?
— What surprised me in Bishkek is that people are not communicating their stress and everyone is living quietly (in contrast with
— What reminds you of your hometown?
— Absolutely nothing! That’s why I love Bishkek!
— What do you miss in Bishkek?
— I was used to get an active social life in
— What is your favorite place in Bishkek?
— I have some favorite places, I love the place where I’m working (MK Internationale), everybody is so lovely there and I think that we make a great job! I love to spend time in parks and to walk at night around Philharmonic Hall! And of course Navat cafe!
— What do you like in the national cuisine?
— In my region we really love fat food, so of course any meal is convenient for me. But I especially like plov and boso lagman. I love the fact that fruit and vegetable have a real taste in here, because they are not from intensive agriculture! There is only one problem, I took more than 30 kilos in here…
— What are you afraid even to taste?
— I tried a lot of strange dishes, but the one I am not ready to try is eyes of sheep.
— What has disappointed you in close acquaintance with the local population?
— What is disappointing me is people’s attitude toward mixed couple, I mean when a local girl has a foreigner boyfriend! And of course men’s attitude toward women. And that everybody is afraid of what people will say about them!
There is a say that I love: Great minds discuss ideas, medium mind discuss things, little mind discuss about people…